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Popular Journals

Using Primeval Methods to Fight Modern Abuses of Agricultural Lands

New York Times

Darius Dixon, June 7, 2010

Method That Turns Wastelands Green Wins 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Fast Company

By Cliff Kuang, June 2, 2010

How Cows (Grass-Fed Only) Could Save the Planet

Time Magazine

Lisa Abend Monday, Jan. 25, 2010,9171,1953692,00.html

Holistic Land Management: Key to Global Stability
Terry Waghorn, 12/20/2012

Greener Pastures

Seed Magazine

By John Thackara / June 3, 2010

Greener pastures: How cows could help in the fight against climate change

The Guardian

Judith D Schwartz, Friday 22 July 2011

How to Save the Grasslands: Bring in More Cattle
Time Magazine
Judith D. Schwartz Tuesday, Sept. 07, 2010,8599,2016079,00.html#ixzz2BfTbRW23

The Brown Revolution: Increasing Agricultural Productivity Naturally

The Atlantic

Lisa M. Hamilton, Sep 29 2011        

Reversing desertification with livestock

Our World 2.0, United Nations University

Robert Blasiak, May 30, 2012

New breed of ranchers shapes a sustainable West
Todd Wilkinson, July 29, 2012        

Restorative Grazing
Yes Magazine
Dan Dagget, Sep 30, 1997

Just Planting Trees Won’t Stop March of Deserts

Judith D. Schwartz, June 16, 2012

Grazing for Change


Cindy Spring, April 01, 2004

An Interview with Seth Itzkan: Using Holistic Management to Address Desertification and Climate Change

Worldwatch Nourishing the Planet Blog

Carol Dreibelbis, November 11, 2012


Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature

Dan Dagget

Thatcher Charitable Trust (August 2005)

Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: Toward a West That Works

Dan Dagget

Good Stewards Project; 2nd edition (January 2000)

For the Love of Land: Global Case Studies of Grazing in Nature's Image

Jim Howell

BookSurge Publishing, 2008

Comeback Farms: Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management

Greg Judy

Green Park Press (August 2008)

No Risk Ranching: Custom Grazing on Leased Land

Greg Judy

Green Park Press (August 2002)

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan

Penguin (August 28, 2007)

Foraging Behavior: Managing to Survive in a World of Change - Behavioral Principles for Human, Animal, Vegetation, and Ecosystem Management

Frederick D. Provenza,

Utah State University Press, 2003.

Holistic Management, A New Framework for Decision Making

Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield

Island Press, Washington, D.C., 1999

Revolution on the Range: The Rise of a New Ranch in the American West

Courtney White

Island Press, 2008

Professional Journals

Alfaro-Arguello R., A.W. Diemont S., 2010. Steps toward sustainable ranching: An emergy evaluation of conventional and holistic management in Chiapas, Mexico. Agricultural Systems 103 (2010) 639–646


Earl, J.M., Jones, C.E., 1996. The need for a new approach to grazing management—is cell grazing the answer? Rangeland Journal 18, 327–350.

Gill, C., 2009. Doing What Works, Range Magazine, Fall 2009

Jacobo, E.J., Rodríguez, A.M., Bartoloni, N., Deregibus, V.A., 2006. Rotational grazing effects on rangeland vegetation at a farm scale. Rangeland Ecology and Management 59, 249–257.

Knapp AK, Blair JM, Briggs JM, Collins SL, Hartnett DC, Johnson LC, Towne EG. 1999. The keystone role of bison in North American tallgrass prairie. BioScience 49: 39–50.

Porteous J, Smith F, 2008. Farming a Climate Change Solution, ECOS Magazine, Vol 141, February - March, 2008, pp 28-31.

Provenza, F., 2013. Get Ready for a Shift in Perspective: Connecting Humans, Animals and Landscapes for the Good of All, Inside Behavior Analysis, Volume 5, No 1, February 2013.

Savory, A. 1983, The Savory Grazing Method or Holistic Resource Management. Savory, Rangelands 5:155-159.

Savory, A. 2000. Letters to the Editor. Rangelands. June. 2000. 22(3). pp 32-33.


Stinner, D. 1997. Biodiversity As an Organizing Principle in Agroecosystem Management: Case Studies of Holistic Resource Management Practitioners in the USA. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, vol. 62:199-213

Teague, W.R., Provenza, F.D., Norton, B.E., Steffens, T., Barnes, M.K., Kothmann, M.M., Roath, R.L., 2009. Benefits of multi-paddock grazing management on range- lands: limitations of experimental grazing research and knowledge gaps. In: Schroder, H.G. (Ed.), Grasslands: Ecology, Management and Restoration. Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 41–80.        

Teague, R. 2011. Grazing management impacts on vegetation, soil biota and soil chemical, physical and hydrological properties in tall grass prairie. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.         Volume 141, Issues 3–4, May 2011, Pages 310–322

Walsh D. 2009. The holistic management approach: Etiwanda Station, NSW, in DKCRC Working Paper 57, The Central Australian Grazing Strategies Project Working Paper Series. Desert Knowledge CRC, Alice Springs, Australia.                                                     

Weber K.T., Gokhale B.S., 2011. Effect of grazing on soil-water content in semiarid rangelands of southeast Idaho, Journal of Arid Environments, Volume 75, Issue 5, May 2011, Pages 464–470

Weber, K. T.,  Horst, S., 2011. Desertification and livestock grazing: The roles of sedentarization, mobility and rest. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 2011, 1:19 doi:10.1186/2041-7136-1-19

Allan Savory Writings and Interviews

Holistic Management, A New Framework for Decision Making

Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield

Island Press, Washington, D.C., 1999

Healing the World’s Grasslands, Rangelands and Savannas

Worldwatch, Nourishing Planet blog

Allan Savory

Reversing Desertification

Living on Earth radio interview

Week of June 4, 2010                 

The Savory Grazing Method or Holistic Resource Management

Savory, A. 1983. Rangelands 5:155-159.

A Global Strategy for Addressing Global Climate Change          

Allan Savory, 2008

Letters to the Editor

Savory, A. 2000. Rangelands, June. 2000. 22(3). pp 32-33.

Videos, Endorsements, Awards

HRH Prince Charles Endorsement of Allan Savory

Allan Savory - 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award Winner

Virgin Earth Challenge announces leading organisations

TED Community Profile

Allan Savory - TED’s “Ads Worth Spreading”

Allan Savory - Keeping Cattle: cause or cure for climate crisis?

Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability lecture, Dublin, Ireland, 2009

Allan Savory - Keeping Cattle: cause or cure for climate crisis? (EXTRACTS)

Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability lecture, Dublin, Ireland, 2009

Savory Institute - Holistic Planned Grazing

Reversing global warming with livestock?: Seth Itzkan at TEDxSomerville

Allan Savory - Lecture at Tufts University, January 25, 2013

Allan Savory - TED talk: How to green the desert and reverse climate change, February 27, 2013

Other Resources

Savory Institute

Africa Center for Holistic Management

The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation

UNEP 2009